'When I applied for the dual-degree masters programme which is offered jointly by the University of Glasgow and Leuphana University of Lüneburg, I already knew that this would include spending the second year in Scotland.
Unlike with most other cities, I had no preconceived ideas about what Glasgow might be like. I had rarely ever heard about it before. Consequentially, the warmth of the Glaswegians coupled with the multifaceted appearance of the city really took my by surprise. This is a city with a character! And it's wonderful to live in as a student. There is always something to see and do and the university campus makes no exception here.
For my year in Glasgow, I chose Intellectual Property & the Digital Economy as my pathway specialisation. This fascinating area of law is highly interdisciplinary - a window into bordering areas such as the humanities, business studies and technology if you want. And quite often the cases we discussed were really really funny.
And though the teaching was intense, since "IP" is traditionally one of the smaller groups as far as student numbers are concerned, the classroom atmosphere always felt relaxed and inclusive. From my experience, the members of the IP teaching staff are highly approachable and they always have an open ear if you have an idea that you want to discuss - be it inside the classroom or outside.'
'To study the LLM programme (Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy) in the University of Glasgow is amazing. The campus is very beautiful, especially the main building, just like Hogwarts. The courses are interesting and diverse; for instance, we had a movie night - we watched a movie and then discussed the relevant copyright issues. The professors are specialised and enthusiastic; the staff are also very keen to help. Moreover, the knowledge level of students is high, you could always learn a lot not only from the professor but also from your peers.
Glasgow is a city with beautiful parks, river, museums, cathedrals waiting for you to discover. Landscapes in four seasons are all astonishing. Also, people are very kind and friendly here, as a foreign student from Taiwan, I always felt very welcome. The city centre is not far from the University of Glasgow. There are Asian supermarkets and restaurants here, which is very convenient. You will never regret making a decision to live in Glasgow and study at the University of Glasgow.'
'As an international student I had two main reasons to attend the University of Glasgow: first, I wanted to develop my language skills and second, I was attracted by the LLM in Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy, a unique Masters programme, that to date has no equivalent in my mother country. I should say that the university has given me a truly unforgettable experience, that is, to study something you love. Despite the fact, the course was not an easy one, it was a pleasure to work with such a qualified team of professors in a friendly atmosphere, created by university staff and fellow-students. Furthermore, this is a great opportunity to discover Scotland and integrate in a new, foreign culture. Thus, I am very glad that I chose the University of Glasgow.'
'Being a student in Glasgow has been beyond expectations - the city itself has so much to offer restaurants, bars, concerts and other social activities. Being a student at the University of Glasgow has made me approach academic studying at a whole new level, with professors and teachers really being engaged and present in the learning process. All together, both studying and living in Glasgow is highly and warmly recommended.'
Cem Abanazir, Turkey (2014-15)
'In my opinion the University of Glasgow has all the virtues of a top class university. It boasts strong historical roots, a progressive approach, a research oriented educational model, a well-regarded academic staff and the perfect student community. Just like the City of Glasgow, the university is vibrant and welcoming. Despite the fact that I had never lived abroad and had concerns with regard to adapting to a foreign culture, both the student community and the people of Glasgow have made me feel at home. A wide range of societies and sports clubs also help create a friendly atmosphere which brings people from different cultures together for a common cause, be it having fun or trying to make a positive impact in the world. Cultural and sporting activities in the city or within close proximity of it surely add to the experience of living in Glasgow. I can easily claim that applying for the University of Glasgow and especially my LLM programme is the best decision I have ever made.'
Priscila de Avila Cossa, Brazil (2014-15)
'It is hard to describe in words how wonderful is to be a student at the University of Glasgow: its infrastructure is outstanding; the course is very interesting and challenging; the staff are welcoming; the professors are highly recommended and supportive; and the experience of studying in such a renowned university is splendid. Besides the educational field, the university hosts students from all over the world, which is a great experience for any international student, like myself. Also, its charm is unique: every day I found a new path, angle or building that surprises me more about its beauty.
Glasgow is equally very interesting. There are expositions, museums, theatres, cinemas, pubs and events offered all year, and the people are friendly. In summary, I could not have made a better choice than deciding to live in Glasgow and study in such a prestigious university.'
Johannes Marl, Germany (2014-15)
'After having spent a year in Glasgow, I would definitely say that the University of Glasgow is the perfect location to do an LLM course in Intellectual Property Law.
First of all, the programme and the courses are exciting and taught by great staff. Everyone at the university is very supportive. As a foreign student, I always felt very welcome. The support and personal assistance offered both by the academic and administrative staff is extraordinary and certainly a special feature of the University of Glasgow. Another great aspect of the Glasgow LLM: you get to know people (and make friends) from all around the world, thus making the LLM year a hugely valuable lifetime experience.
In addition to the university, Glasgow is a wonderful city to live in, especially the West End. There are countless great pubs, bars and restaurants, as well as nice shops, beautiful streets and really nice parks. The River Kelvin adds a natural, almost wild vein to the city that is great for walking, jogging and spending some outdoor time right in the middle of town. Also, Glaswegians are usually really friendly, helpful and welcoming. I have actually not felt a stranger at all! Besides, Glasgow is a perfect gateway to the rest of Scotland and the UK.
Finally, the weather: it can get wet, but especially in Autumn and Spring it is usually much better than you will expect! Do not leave your shorts and t-shirts at home, you will need them in Glasgow...'
Phi Samakkimit, Thailand (2014-15)
'Intellectual Property Law is the law of technology. Similar to printing machines which have caused the public to be aware of copyrights, the internet and other recent innovations which urge us to develop new legal concepts such as trademarks and patents. As Intellectual Property Law and technology are indivisible, to understand the former, we need to understand the latter at the same time. The University of Glasgow offers the programme that meets this need. The LLM in Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy gives a range of choices which cover contemporary concerns. Studying in the UK which forms part of the EU, international staff and colleagues open opportunities to participate in debates taking place in every continent. The syllabuses are carefully designed to enhance students’ research skills. There are many activities, club (i.e. the IP society) and internships available for us to take part. Moreover, the academic ranking and profound history make sure the University of Glasgow is never overlooked.
Being an international student is not easy. However, the university provides special support for us. Right from visa, studying and personal issues, they are here to assist. The university is located in the West End where you can find many international cuisines. So, whenever we miss home, our traditional food always helps. The city, especially the West End, is renowned for colourful nightlife. But even if you are interested in architecture, nature and history rather than nightlife, then Glasgow is also your answer. The university itself makes me feel like I am studying in Hogwarts due to its neo-gothic designs. There are many museums, even one fits in the university’s main building. The Kelvingrove Park located at the foothill of university gives us a green space. I am really enjoying studying in Glasgow. After my graduation and the new chapter of my life begins, I will be confident of graduating from the University of Glasgow because I know how much I have learnt. Having the degree on my CV will definitely certify my capability.'
Nino Tsaturova, Georgia (2014-15)
'I was studying law and working in a law firm after graduation in Georgia. Soon after entering the legal world, I cultivated a passion for Intellectual Property Law. My attraction to the subject was influenced by the intriguing complexities of the field which transcends the traditional frames of law and touched on the spheres of my great interests in music, art and technology. An appreciation of the importance of a quality education led me to the University of Glasgow. Here you have a great opportunity to study the subject of your interest in a perfect environment. Glasgow is a wonderful city to live in, with a lot of events happening every day. You may hear a lot about the bad weather in Scotland. But, believe me, coming from a sunny country like me, you will value each sunny day and enjoy it like you never did in your country!'
Junyi Hao, China (2013-14)
'The University of Glasgow is one of the best universities in the UK. I really enjoy the profound history of this place. The programme I chose is exactly the field I want to dig into. In addition, there’re plenty of opportunities to secure a scholarship here.
Intellectual property law is always the field I am crazy about. And the University of Glasgow is one of the very few universities that offer programmes in relation to the intellectual property law in a digital era. Plus, the School of Law has the very leading scholars in this new intellectual property field. That’s why I choose both the programme and the University of Glasgow. The courses focus on the latest issues in the intellectual property law field. Most of the issues we’ve discussed remain pending. It is joyful to witness any milestone as well as what is happening in the current intellectual property law field.
Glasgow is a very beautiful city with tons of interesting things to do. The whole city is like a big garden. There’re lots of exciting events throughout the whole year. Most museums and galleries are free, People in Glasgow are extremely nice as well. I really enjoy my time in Glasgow.
A University of Glasgow degree is the perfect business card for me to sell myself to the legal world. I believe such education background would add extra points to my legal career.'
Eva Bogaerts, Netherlands (2013-14)
'The University of Glasgow is an amazing place to study not just because of its fairytale castle-like building, the professors, law library and university staff, but also because the opportunity to interact with other students from various countries provides a source of inspiration and motivation. If one ever feels the need to escape studying, the city of Glasgow has so much to offer. One can relax in one of the parks, do great shopping in the city centre, visit any of the museums and at night either visit one of the university unions’ parties or go out into the city centre with its many pubs and clubs. And as if that is not enough, Glasgow has great transportation to any of the idyllic towns where one can get away from the city life and find oneself surrounded by the stunning Scottish nature. So…Glasgow is an amazing place to live and the University of Glasgow is an even more amazing place to study.'
Joao Camara, Portugal (2013-14)
'Studying and living in Glasgow has definitely been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Both the city and the university have a unique environment. I am fortunate to be studying in a course among people with many different nationalities, which is fantastic in order to share experiences with people with completely different backgrounds from mine. Also, the staff are very approachable and supportive, which is great in terms of integration and motivation. The weather might not be the best, as many say, but the city's unique and vibrant environment and community surely make up for it.'
Liberty Campbell-lochrie, United Kingdom (2013-14)
'Having lived in all the major cities in Scotland I would definitely say that the people of Glasgow are by far the friendliest. Studying in Glasgow has exposed me to a wide range of new experiences, from social, to cultural, to academic, both within the university and beyond and I have met some great people along the way.'
Juvenal Nsengimana, Rwanda (2013-14)
'University of Glasgow = Learning, and more above learning. 1. Good taught programmes objectively designed to meet the students’ expectations 2. Competent and supportive lecturers 3. Sharing various experiences from different countries all over the world / International university where you can get your mind open to the whole world 4. Glasgow people = more than kind and friendly 5. Glasgow = the city with a very rich cultural heritage featured especially in architecture. But before you decide: 1. Scottish accent especially for non English native people 2. Hardworking, but worthy in the academic world 3. Expensive, but worth it for a valuable cause. After all: Be sure you will leave proud of yourself.'
Aniket Pradhan, India (2013-14)
'I came from India and always wanted to study in the UK. The University of Glasgow is one of the most renowned international universities with incredible history and a high academic reputation. However, I chose the University of Glasgow mainly because of the programme, it offered. It was exactly what I was looking for, LLM in Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy. The university offers a wide range of scholars who teach this programme. They provide you with a truly international environment and the objective and detailed feedback that you receive on research, assignments / coursework and class presentations is extremely valuable. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning how to study and do research independently; being exposed to the different perspectives of my peers; and participating in the university's numerous and varied range of academic activities. The small class sizes lead to beneficial and pleasant interactions. The supportive professors and multicultural friends are the best features of student life here. I have also had a very pleasant experience while interacting with the administration at the university who truly care for the students. Glasgow is by far the friendliest city I have ever been to. The people here are very loving, kind and always eager to help with a smile. I have enjoyed interacting with Glaswegians and also learning from them about their rich heritage and culture. From Glasgow, travel is also extremely easy around Scotland, the UK and continental Europe. I would highly recommend coming to the University of Glasgow to study. Regardless of the programme you enter, the university provides a top notch education to prepare you for the world beyond university life and the experiences and friendships you gain while living in such a fantastic city will last for a lifetime.'
Sheona Burrow, United Kingdom (2012-13)
'I am probably biased because I grew up in Glasgow but as an adult returning after 10 years away I still think Glasgow is a friendly buzzing city with lots to offer everyone. The University of Glasgow is a great place to study. There is plenty of postgraduate specific space for meeting and studying. The LLM programme offers opportunities to meet with all the LLM students, rather than those just on your programme. The staff are friendly and helpful. The sports facilities are also good, with the gym and swimming pool being located on campus. I joined the tennis club - which has been brilliant. It is also quite easy to get a train to different parts of Scotland or even to London and other parts of the UK.'
Flora Hachemi, France (2012-13)
'Not only would I recommend the LLM programme at the University of Glasgow as one of high quality, the city itself is one of the best places I have had the opportunity to live. The West End, where the university is, is a charming and exciting neighbourhood where there is always something going on - and only a stone throw away from the city centre and its many many shops and concert venues!'
Calum Slater, United Kingdom (2012-13)
'With the launch of CREATe it is an excellent time to study Intellectual Property Law in Glasgow. My experience of the taught LLM programme has been first-rate. I think it accommodates equally well those with a background in Intellectual Property and newcomers; part and full time students; and those whose eyes are on legal practice and more abstract concerns. I have commuted from Edinburgh, and particularly handy is the subway connecting Glasgow city centre to the university in minutes. The campus is both ancient and modern, and everything is well situated. Although people from Edinburgh might not often admit it, Glasgow really is the friendly, lively city that Glaswegians claim, and I have completely fallen for the West End. I would wholeheartedly recommend the Programme and city to anyone.'
Philip Van Der Weijde, Netherlands (2012-13)
'Studying the LLM in Intellectual Property & the Digital Economy has been a pleasant experience from the very beginning. The support of both teaching and administrative staff contributes to a great learning environment; as well do the excellent library facilities and the beautiful campus. Teaching takes place in small groups, which enables you to actively engage in discussions with professors and your fellow students. Throughout the year the university is very keen on organising various events in which you have to opportunity to get to know other students and Glasgow as a city. Besides the excellent university Glasgow offers a vibrant nightlife, friendly people and amazing landscape just on your doorstep.'